Showing posts with label publishing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label publishing. Show all posts

1 June 2016

Social media and your research

It can be beneficial to share your research on social media with the community, as it can lead to more  people reading your published articles or providing feedback, says Subject Librarian Lucie Goudie.

Everyone considers their research valuable. By sharing it, generating feedback and tracking its usage we can add even greater value and exposure. Social media is the perfect tool for this. Using social media to share your research can result in higher download counts and potentially higher citations. It can lead to exchange and collaboration with other researchers, and importantly it’s quick, easy and free.

Melissa Terras, University College London, says:
"If you want people to read your papers, make them open access, and let the community know (via blogs, twitter, etc) where to get them. Not rocket science. But worth spending time doing";  (Terras 2012).

Let’s look at some ways to share your research across social media:

General tips

When working with social media you need to establish a digital presence to meet a larger online audience. You can attract loyal followers by regularly posting, reposting and offering a  range of emotions and opinions to maintain interest. You can easily measure your popularity by monitoring statistics on downloads, likes, dislikes and links

Open access

By publishing your research on an open access platform you can generate scholarly use, producing greater download counts and citation usage. By taking this initial step you open your research up to the public, increasing its impact. Find out all you need to know about  publishing in an open access journal.

LinkedIn could almost be considered a Facebook for professionals. It allows you to manage your professional identity and build networks across your field. With a strong emphasis on professional networking, it’s a great way to share your research.

You can readily share your research across Twitter. It offers quick links, uncomplicated uploads and it’s free. Opportunities for conversation and collaboration with other researches can also be developed through resulting tweets. Make sure you post at times when people are likely to respond; not 3am on a Saturday morning!


Similar to twitter, blogging offers informal conversation to promote your research. It’s an easy platform to add presentation slides, videos & link other supporting data. Blogs also work well for researchers collaborating in small groups and for generating exchange on research topics. When writing blogs, don’t hold back. Share your knowledge and opinions, but keep it informal, short and ‘punchy’.

By setting up a YouTube account you can upload videos of conference sessions, discussions, and show evidence of results.Quick tip; make sure to add written script; YouTube is renowned for automated subtitle faux pas’!  You can easily link to these videos from other social media formats. Like all other social media you can measure the number of ‘views’, ‘likes’ or ‘dislikes’. These may even translate into increased downloads and citations of your research.


Monash.Figshare is a repository where you can make all of your research outputs available in a citable, shareable and discoverable manner. You have options to contain private data within a closed group or open it up to share on the public domain including social media.

The best thing about figshare is that it has an ‘altmetric badge’ that can automatically track all the discussion your research has generated on social media.

With all the social media platforms available it’s hard to know where to start. Looking beyond social media trends of Trump gaff’s and Kanye West’s sneakers is the first step. The next, is  recognising that social media is a serious option to promote your research and gain greater exposure. All you need to do is sign up!

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12 April 2016

What you need to know about publishing in an open access journal

You’ve identified a couple of journals that might be suitable for submitting your journal article. One of them is an open access journal. Should this be the journal you choose? ... by Katrina Tepper, the Library's Science faculty team leader.

What are open access journals?

Articles published in open access journals are made freely available on the journal website. No passwords or payment are required, allowing anyone around the world to access and read the articles.

This is in contrast to subscription journals, in which articles can only be accessed by those with a subscription (either individual or via a library), although some journals make articles freely available one year or more after publication.

Quality scholarly journals generally have a peer review process in place, regardless of whether they are subscription or open access journals.

Are there any advantages to publishing in an open access journal?

One of the main advantages is that anyone around the world can access and read your article, potentially exposing your article to a larger audience than if it was published in a subscription journal.

In turn, there is some evidence this might lead to your article being cited more often. See The effect of open access and downloads (‘hits’) on citation impact.

That sounds great! Are there any catches?

While not a catch exactly, be aware that some open access journals charge authors a fee to publish their article if it’s accepted. This can range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars for a single article. You can usually find this information on the journal website.
 Beall's List  provides information like
this about questionable publishers

Also, while there are many high quality open access journals, there are some fairly questionable open access publishers appearing on the scene (see Beall’s list). These journals charge fees to publish articles and make them freely available, however don’t have rigorous peer review or editing processes in place, so should be avoided.

The Directory of Open Access Journals lists high quality, peer reviewed, open access journals. Check this directory to confirm if the journal you’re interested is on this list.

The journal website says I need to make the associated research data available too. Any tips?

This is becoming more common, particularly with journals in the science, technology, engineering and medicine fields. There might be a discipline specific repository that’s suitable for making your data available, however another option is Monash figshare. Some of the benefits include that you can upload data yourself and the data is stored on Monash servers. For more information see What is Monash.figshare?

So, is it better to publish in an open access journal or a subscription journal?

Choose the best journal for your research, regardless of whether it’s an open access or subscription journal. The scope of the journal and the audience are key things to consider, to make sure your research and journal articles reach the best audience for your work.

Want more information?

Refer to the Research impact and publishing library guide or get in touch with your contact librarian.

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